Today we have been eating our Christmas turkey, with all the usual trimmings - sage-and-onion stuffing; sausages rolled in bacon, bread sauce, gravy, and of course lots of veg: roast potatoes, carrots, Runner beans (home-grown ones from the freezer), home-grown Brussels Sprouts with chestnuts, and roasted home-grown Parsnips.
A couple of days ago I showed how uninspiring the Parsnip patch looked - largely devoid of foliage by now:
But there were lots of good roots down below:
There are a couple of "tiddlers" in that batch, and one very forked one, but on the whole I'm quite pleased. They are mostly decent specimens, and I just know that they will taste strong and sweet - much better than anything you can buy in a supermarket! The batch weighed in at 1.1kg, which along with all the rest of the veg, will be plenty to feed our 7 adults and 2 kids.
I didn't think I was going to be able to say that we ate home-grown Brussels Sprouts on Christmas Day, but in the end I was able to contribute just a few - just to say that I'd done it!
Obviously this little basketful (215g) was never going to be enough to feed the whole family, just to boost-up the shop-bought sprouts, but it sounds nice, doesn't it? "We had home grown Brussels Sprouts for Christmas dinner...". Honour is satisfied.
Merry Christmas everyone!